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From the physical benefits to the emotional ones, there are many reasons to practice yoga – Muddy picks the brains of Kalm n Kind's Kim Pierpoint to find out why

Here at Muddy we are great lovers of yoga, and so when we had the opportunity to pick the brains of Kim Pierpoint, founder of Kalm n Kind Yoga, to find out more about this inspiring practise, we jumped at the chance.
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Over to you, Kim…

So, how does yoga work?

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Yoga is an ancient form of exercise, developed in India 2,500 years ago. It was originally developed to enable people to sit still in mediation, and eventually reach enlightenment. Yoga is after all the union of the mind and body (to put it in simple terms) but over the years it has shown many other benefits. The postures (asana’s) stretch, strengthen and increase flexibility in the body. The breathing techniques (pranayama) support cardio health, boost immunity and improve concentration. Meditation has a long history of benefits, promoting emotional health, controlling anxiety and generating kindness.

 

What can you expect from a class?

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Many teachers will teach a class with the main focus on the postures (asana), and relaxation (svasana), leaving little or no time to work on the philosophy. But as people become more interested in the the subjects there are plenty of teachers who run classes specialising in the deeper knowledge of the philosophy.

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How did you come to yoga?

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A friend of mine asked me to come along to a class. At the end of that very first class I was totally smitten, but did not attend another class for over 2 years. Then I found a regular teacher and became a committed student attending between 3/4 classes a week.

 

What do you offer in your studio? / your classes?

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I love to mix up my classes to include asana, pranayama and meditation, and incorporating a theme of philosophy, or deeper understanding of the anatomy of the body. Every class has approximately 85% asana, 5% svasana, 5% pranayama and 5% meditation.

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How is yoga good for general wellness / relaxation / a new start?

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Many people set themselves a New Year’s resolution to join a new club or start a class. Yoga is no different. There is always an increase in students wanting to attend classes to either ‘try’ or return to yoga.

 

Who can benefit from yoga?

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Anyone can ‘do’ yoga, as long as you find the right teacher and the right level of yoga for you! Until October I was teaching a group of ladies between the ages of 70 and 93. I have also taught mother and toddler groups.

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Can you tell us anything else about the benefits of yoga?

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When you leave a yoga class feeling refreshed and revitalised, feeling like you’ve been away for a 2 week holiday, that cannot be bad eh?

 

Are you running any special workshops/retreats in 2020?

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This year I am running a yoga weekend 17-19 April for women only. There is something special about being part of a group of women who are all looking to grow, to share, to support and to have fun together that just can’t be matched in a mixed-sex environment.

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Brooklands is set in the stunning Sussex countryside only an hour from London, and is a beautifully restored 19th century barn with exposed beams, open plan living, inglenook fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views of the Arun Valley. It also has an indoor heated pool and sauna – perfect for relaxing in.

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Come and stretch your beautiful body, expand your mind, release your soul and nourish your true self. Enjoy delicious, healthy vegetarian food and spend the weekend immersed in your yoga. This is a retreat is for those who are open to positive change.

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For more information or to book your place click here – https://kalmnkindyoga.co.uk/weekends-2/

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To keep in touch with all the news – http://bit.ly/KamnKindNewsletter

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Want more Yoga? Too busy to attend a regular class? Kalm ‘n’ Kind runs a number of workshops, including Yoga for Runners, Restorative Yoga Evening, Retreat in a Day and Soulful Self-Care Sundays. Book now for Restorative Yoga Evenings on 13 March and 1 May at White Horse Yoga Centre, Devizes SN10 2LT.

Find out for yourself at Kalm ‘n’ Kind, White Horse Yoga Centre, Roundway Hill, Business Centre, Devizes, SN10 2LT kalmnkindyoga.co.uk

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